2018 Statewide Ballot Measures

State Ballot Measure Restricting Local Taxing Authority

The “Tax Fairness, Transparency and Accountability Act” would drastically limit local revenue authority. In part, it eliminates local authority to impose a tax for general purposes by majority vote and instead requires all local proposed tax increases subject to a two-thirds vote. This proposal also requires two-thirds approval of all members of the local legislative body before a tax can be placed on the ballot. It also requires that a tax contained in a regulation adopted by a state agency must be approved by two-third vote of the Legislature. For cities and other local agencies, it applies retroactively and may void some local measures approved by local voters on or after Jan. 1, 2018.

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Housing Bond

Ballot Measure Description: SB 3 (Beall) Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018. 

Ballot Measure Language: SB 3 (Beall) Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018. 

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Parks and Water Bond: Proposition 68

SB 5, passed by the Legislature in 2017, places a parks and water bond on the June 2018 statewide ballot. The $4 billion bond contains funding in three main areas:

  • Parks Funding ($1.283 billion)
  • Water Funding ($1.19 billion)
  • Climate and Environmental Programs Funding ($1.547 billion)
Ballot Measure Language: SB 5 (Chapter 852, Statutes of 2017), De León. California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018.

Brief Breakdown of SB 5 (de Leon)

Yes on Prop 68 Website
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Transportation Protection: Proposition 69

Proposition 69, formerly ACA 5 (Chapter 30, statues of 2017, Fraizer) 
extends some of the same protections that other transportation revenues already have under the California Constitution.

League Supports June Ballot Measure to Add Constitutional Protections to Transportation Revenues, CA Cities Advocate, Dec. 22, 2017

 ​Rainwater Capture: Proposition 72

(SCA 9 and SB 558 (Glazer))

Proposition 72, appearing on the June 2018 statewide ballot, would provide a property tax exclusion for the construction or addition of a rainwater capture system. The League supported SCA 9 and SB 558 (Glazer), which placed this measure on the ballot.
If approved by the state’s voters, Proposition 72 would exclude the construction or addition of a “a rain water capture system” completed on or after January 1, 2019, from being classified as “newly constructed” for the purposes of property tax assessment under Proposition 13A of the Constitution. SB 558, the legislative companion measure, defines the exclusion to include the construction or addition of a rainwater capture system incorporated by the owner-builder in the initial construction of a new building that the owner-builder does not intend to occupy or use.  
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